Disturbing asbestos insulation board (AIB) within the structure of a building can be dangerous – any exposure to the fibre has the potential to cause asbestos-related diseases.
A failure to monitor and identify asbestos materials when disturbing AIB has led to the prosecution of an Oxford-based roof refurbishment company. The company were carrying out work in November 2014 at a primary school in Northampton when they disturbed AIB in a small plant room on the premises.
As well as failing to monitor and identify asbestos materials, the Health and Safety Executive investigation found that the company had also failed to ensure staff had suitable asbestos awareness training.
The company pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 13(2) of the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2007 and have been ordered to pay a fine of £20,000 as well as £1,737 in costs.
The HSE website details the common places that AIB can be found, including partition walls and lift shaft linings.
If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with any asbestos-related diseases within the past three years, the Asbestos Claim Centre could help you claim compensation. Contact us today on 0800 508 8747.